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MUST SEE: Chhavi's message for Indian parents

Last updated on: June 26, 2019 12:44 IST

Actor and mother of two Chhavi Hussein is teaching young parents how to deal with post partum depression.

Chhavi Hussein shares tips on dealing with post partum depression

IMAGE: Chhavi Hussein has been documenting her second pregnancy, sharing tips on birthing methods and coping mechanisms post delivery.  Photograph: Kind courtesy Chhavi Hussein

Actor-entrepreneur Chhavi Hussein has been sharing interesting tips from her pregnancy and motherhood on Instagram.

She delivered her second child in May 2018 and has since been posting snippets from her new phase of life.

Recently, she took to social media to talk about dealing with post partum depression and how doing and saying simple things can affect the new mother.

Do read her full post below on how to make the phase smooth for everyone:

'Dear husbands/new fathers,

'Congratulations on being a father!

'You must be going through sleepless nights, diaper changes, crying interpretations and you must be all over the place trying to understand what's best and what's not for your LO (little one).

'But please also take a minute to understand your better half's needs. Some of you already must be!

'For the others, did you know post partum depression is more common than you think?

'Mothers suffer from it and don't even know it sometimes. But you, as a partner, can do more to help her than you can imagine.

'In fact, you can even save her from it completely if you intervene at the right time.

'When suffering from PPD, a mother could feel like crying all the time, unhappy, guilty for not being joyful, complaining, frustrated, dejected, feel like a failure, and feel as though this is the end of life as she knows it.'

Chhavi Hussein shares tips on dealing with post partum depression

IMAGE: Chhavi kisses her newborn Arham.

What you SHOULDN'T do or say?

"You're not the only one who's become a mother."

"Try to be happy."

"The LO needs you."

"I'm doing everything I can."

"You're being selfish."

"Don't cry, it'll affect the milk."

What you CAN say though?

"I love you."

"You're doing very well."

"Tell me how I can help."

"We're a team."

'And remember to CALL her from work just to check on her!

'Trust me, a few calming words can go such a long way!

'And if you see her crying, don't try to solve her problem, just hug her tight and agree with whatever she says.. tell her again that you love her.. tell her she's beautiful.. tell her you're lucky to have her...

'Dear dads, although you're overworked and overwhelmed too, trust me, this will pass sooner than you know... And you'll have a settled baby, if you have a settled mother.'

'Love and peace from me to you!'


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Dear readers, have you also suffered from post partum depression?

What was the thoughts on your mind?

How did you cope with the phase? Did you seek professional help?

What did you learn from the experience?

Share your stories, tips and learnings with us. 

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